Definition of endothermic in English:

endothermic

Syllabification: en·do·ther·mic
Pronunciation: /ˌendəˈTHərmik
 
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adjective

  • 1 (also endothermal) Chemistry (Of a reaction or process) accompanied by or requiring the absorption of heat. The opposite of exothermic.
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    • Solar receivers absorb this concentrated solar radiation and deliver it, in the form of high-temperature heat, to a chemical reactor wherein an endothermic reaction results in the production of solar fuels.
    • A reaction which has a positive value for this is an endothermic reaction and requires heat.
    • This process is endothermic, pulling heat from its surroundings.
  • 1.1(Of a compound) requiring a net input of heat for its formation from its constituent elements.
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    • This element forms extremely endothermic compounds, which are in many cases explosive.
    • The highly flammable gas acetylene is an endothermic compound which can decompose extremely explosively when in its solid or liquid states or in its gaseous state under pressure.
  • 2 Zoology (Of an animal) dependent on or capable of the internal generation of heat.
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    • However this strategy is not feasible for endothermic herbivores with a rapid metabolic rate and having limited time available to extract energy and nutrients.
    • This bone structure similarity shows that dinosaurs were endothermic.
    • The larger an endothermic animal, the more heat it generates relative to the surface area of its body.

Derivatives

endothermically

Pronunciation: /-(ə)lē/
adverb
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  • There are lots of inorganic salts that dissolve endothermically.
  • The method includes adding a salt that dissolves endothermically in water to this mixture.

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